FALLING ROCK – No football team at any level wants to start off a season at 0-2.
But that’s what was staring in the faces of the Chapmanville Regional High School football team on Friday night at Herbert Hoover.
The Tigers, though, ended up rallying to beat the host Herbert Hoover Huskies 24-18 in a key Cardinal Conference game at Hoover’s Joe Eddie Cowley Field.
Chapmanville, 1-1 overall and 1-1 in the conference, trailed the Huskies 18-8 in the third quarter before coming back to win, scoring 16 straight points on two touchdowns and two two-point conversions.
The Tigers scored the eventual game winner with 1:57 left in the game as Paul Workman scored on a 1-yard touchdown run to put CRHS ahead 22-18. Chapmanville then tacked on two more points as quarterback Alex Berry passed to Brady Cox in the end zone on the conversion play to make it 24-18.
Chapmanville was then able to hold Herbert Hoover (1-1, 1-1) at bay in the final moments of the game. The Huskies had opened the season last week by surprising Scott 40-35 in a Cardinal Conference game. Hoover had won just one game in 2012.
The Tigers, which had lost 40-22 last week at home to league foe Sissonville in the season opener, had pulled to within 18-16 at the 6:15 mark of the third quarter as Berry fired a 31-yard touchdown pass to Cox. Berry then hooked up with Cox again on the two-point conversion.
Chapmanville didn’t attempt an extra point kick the entire game, instead making the most out its opportunities with the two-point conversion. The Tigers were 3-for-3 in their two-point conversion tries for the night.
The Tigers went on top 8-0 on their second drive of the game as junior running back Devin Wiley raced to the house for a 62-yard touchdown run up the gut. Berry then tossed a screen pass to Wiley, who ran into the end zone on the two-point conversion play.
Chapmanville had been foiled on its first drive of the game as the Tigers drove the ball to the Herbert Hoover 25-yard line before a fourth-and-five pass to Cox went incomplete.
Herbert Hoover, running at times out of the veer option offense, went three-and-out on its first possession.
After the Wiley touchdown, the Tigers were forced to punt. Hoover’s Cody Hamm put the Huskies into business with a 20-yard return to the Chapmanville 41-yard line.
Two plays later, Hoover quarterback Tyler Americo faked the handoff and took the keeper 35 yards for a Huskies’ touchdown at the 1:45 mark of the opening quarter. The PAT try was blocked by Cox, leaving the score at 8-6 in favor of CRHS.
Herbert Hoover then expanded its lead to 12-8 with 10:30 remaining until halftime as Americo broke three tackles and ran down field for a 29-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion failed. The score was set up by a 34-yard pass from Americo to Brenden Holbrook to the CRHS 29.
The Huskies tried to punch one more score into the end zone just before the half but a fourth-and-1 pass at the Chapmanville 5-yard line fell incomplete at the goal line.
Then at the 8:48 mark of the third quarter, Hoover went up 18-8 on Chapmanville after a 30-yard scoring strike from Americo to Holbrook. The PAT was no good as a result of a bad snap.
The Tigers then went on their move, outscoring the Huskies 16-0 to pull off the road victory.
Wiley led the Chapmanville offense with 18 carries for 133 yards, including a touchdown and a conversion. He also had one catch out of the backfield for 22 yards.
Paul Workman rolled up 76 yards on 25 carries including a score.
Jordan Toler, returning to the lineup after sitting out the opener with a slight concussion suffered in a preseason game at Lincoln County, had three carries for 17 yards. Tanner Dillon had one rush for eight yards.
Berry, making his second varsity start, was 5-for-14 passing for 73 yards and an interception.
Cox reeled in three passes for 45 yards and a TD. He also had two kickoff returns for 44 yards and scored on two conversions.
Jacob Dingess had one catch for six yards.
Zac Casto had two kickoff returns for 37 yards.
On the Chapmanville defense, Nick Brumfield was the leader with eight solo tackles, two assists and a fumble recovery.
Cox finished with seven solo tackles and one assist.
Dillon had six solos, two assisted stops and one fumble recovery. Justin Hensley contributed six tackles and two assists. Matt Chapman had five solos, four assists and one caused fumble.
Matthew Dingess had four solos, two assists and one caused fumble. Michael Hall had four solos and three assisted stops.
Nate Ramey contributed three solo tackles and two assists. Casto had three solos and one assist. Chris Brewster had two solos and one fumble recovery. Austin Kirk also had two tackles for the game.
Wiley had one solo tackle and one fumble recovery.
Workman had one solo and one on-side kick recovery.
Caleb Browning and Gabe Maynard each had one solo and one assist. Browning also punted five times for an average of 33.2 yards a boot.
Tyler Neil, Jackie Johnson, Morgan Jackson and Ricky Combs all had a tackle.
Chapmanville had 307 yards of total offense. The Tigers ran with the ball 47 times for 234 yards.
The Tigers were penalized four times for 20 yards. The Huskies had three flags for 25 yards.
Coach George Barker’s Chapmanville Tigers are scheduled to host rival Scott this coming Friday night at Tiger Stadium. Scott is 1-1 overall and 0-1 in the conference. The Skyhawks were a 46-21 winner over Class AAA Lincoln County on Friday night.
Cardinal Conference Standings
TEAM CONF ALL
Wayne 1-0 2-0
Sissonville 1-0 2-0
Mingo Central 1-0 1-1
Chapmanville 1-1 1-1
Herbert Hoover 1-1 1-1
Poca 0-0 0-2
Scott 0-1 1-1
Tolsia 0-2 0-2
Friday night’s scores:
Chapmanville 24, Herbert Hoover 18
Mingo Central 20, Tolsia 19
Scott 46, Lincoln County 21
Wayne 63, Chesapeake (Ohio) 7
Nicholas County 21, Poca 14
Sissonville 48, Liberty-Raleigh 0
Friday, Sept. 13 games:
Scott at Chapmanville, 7:30 p.m.
Mingo Central at Webster County, 7:30 p.m.
Tolsia at Sissonville, 7:30 p.m.
Poca at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Herbert Hoover at Lewis County, 7:30 p.m.
2013 Chapmanville Regional High School
Football Schedule (1-1):
Aug. 30: *Sissonville, L 22-40
Sept. 6: *at Herbert Hoover, W 24-18
Sept. 13: *Scott, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 20: *at Poca, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 27: Logan, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 4: James Monroe, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 11: at Man, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 18: *Mingo Central, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 25: *at Tolsia, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 1: *at Wayne, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 8: OPEN DATE
*Cardinal Conference game